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Full text of "Missouri Public Service Commission Annual Reports 1925 and 1926"

STATE OF MISSOURI 



THIRTEENTH and FOURTEENTH 

ANNUAL REPORTS 



OF THE 



Public Service Commission 



FOR YEARS ENDING NOVEMBER 30, 1925, 
AND NOVEMBER 30, 1926 



COMMISSIONERS; 

THOMAS J. BROWN, Chairman, 

ALMON ING, 

D. F. CALFEE, 

S. M. HUTCHISON, 

J. H. PORTER. 



JEFFERSON CITY, 1926. 



MISSOURI PUBLIC SERVICE COMMISSION 

Commissioners; 

Thomas J. Brown, Charleston, Chairman; 
Almon Inc, Poplar Bluff, 
D. F. Calfee, Jefferson City, 
S. M. Hutchison, Kansas City, 
J. H. Porter, St. Louis. 

General Office: 

John W. Campbell, Stockton, Secretary; 

John T. Sandison, Huntsville, Reporter of Opinions (until 

June, 1925), 
Mary Fidler, Salisbury, Executive Clerk, 
Mrs. Fthlyn Kat2er, Jefferson City, File Clerk, 
Ruth Hilburn, Webb City, Stenographer, 
Mrs. Mary Lutkewitte, Jefferson City, Stenographer. 

Legal Department: 

D. D. McDonald, Lebanon, General Counsel, 
J. P. Painter, Milan, Assistant Counsel, 
Lillian Painter, Milan, Stenographer. 

Engineering Department: 

J. L. Harrop, Jefferson City, Chief Engineer, 

W. K. Freudenberger, Columbia, Assistant Engineer, 

E. E. Towles, Jefferson City, Assistant Engineer, 
B. F. Sghaberg, St. Louis, Assistant Engineer, 

F. M. Plake, Kansas City, Assistant Engineer, 
J. E. Flanders, Paris, Assistant Engineer, 
Marguerite Gillogly, Warsaw, Stenographer. 

Railroad Department: 

V. E. Smart, Jefferson City, Chief Rate Expert, 
Violet James, Sedalia, Stenographer. 

Accounting Department: 

T. J. Murphy, St. Louis, Chief Accountant, 

H. B. Lysaght, St. Joseph, Assistant Accountant, 

A. L. Houlehan, St. Louis, Assistant Accountant, 

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Geo. B. Coleman, St. Louis, Assistant Accountant, 
1-1 . W. Ross, St. Louis, Assistant Accountant, 
Mrs. C. S. Schrimpf, Jefferson City, Stenographer. 

Electric Light, Gas, Heat and Water Department: 

R. E. Duffy, Greenfield, Chief Electric and Mechanical En- 
gineer, 
Frieda Hoffmeyer, Jefferson City, Stenographer, 

Telephone and Telegraph Department: 

W. W. Johnson, Kansas City, Telephone Expert, 
Mrs. Edith Hammen, Jefferson City, Stenographer. 

Cfficial Commission Reporters: 

Gertrude Nrlson, Jefferson City, 
Eva Corliss, Branson, 
Andy Richmond, Jefferson City, Janitor, 
Orden Ballance, Jefferson City, Janitor. 
General Offices: First Floor Capitol Building, Jefferson 
City, Mo. 



CONTENTS 



Page 

Letter of Transmittal to the Governor 6 

Statement by the Commission. l 

Historical 12 

Legal Department !<' 

Engineering Department 2o 

Department of Statistics and Accounts . , . - ■ - - 29 

Gas, Electric, Heat and Water Department 33 

Telephone and Telegraph Department % r > 

Transportation Department "W 

Commission Reports . 3:) 

Pees Collected 40 

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LETTER OF TRANSMITTAL 



STATE OF MISSOURI 



Public Service Commission. 

Jefferson City, Mo., December 1, 1926. 

To His Excellency, SAM A. BAKER, Governor of Missouri: 

Dear Sir: I have the honor to transmit the Thirteenth and 
Fourteenth Annual Reports of the Public Service Commission 
of Missouri, covering the biennium from November 30, 1924, to 
November 30, 1926, inclusive. 

Very respectfully yours, 

T. J. BROWN, Chairman. 



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STATE OF MISSOURI 



13th AND 14th ANNUAL REPORTS 

OF THE 

PUBLIC SERVICE COMMISSION 



Statement by the Commission: 

The personnel of this Commission has undergone some 
changes during this biennial period. Almon Ing was appointed 
to fill' out the unexpired term of Merrill E. Otis, who resigned 
from the Commission August 15, 1924, Dudley F, Calfee was 
appointed to fill out the unexpired term of Andrew J» O'Reilly; 
Samuel M. Hutchison for a full term, succeeding Richard H. 
Musser, and John H. Porter for a full term, succeeding Edwin 
J. Bean; the latter two being the Democratic members of the 
Commission. Almon Ing of Poplar Bluff, Butler County, Mis- 
souri; Dudley F. Calfee, Jefferson City, Cole County, Missouri; 
Samuel M. Hutchison, Kansas City, Jackson County, Missouri; 
and John H. Porter of the City of St. Louis, Missouri. Thomas 
J. Brown of Charleston, Mississippi County, Missouri, was 
appointed in June, 1923, by Governor Hyde, and reappointed 
by your Excellency in January, 1925, and is the only Commis- 
sioner that was a member of the Commission at the time of the 
last published report. 

The Commission, since November 30, 1924, has made formal 
reports and orders in 812 cases, and has had filed 838 formal 
cases. Some of the cases filed in this period are pending by 
reason of continuances requested, or awaiting valuations. Some 
have been adjusted and dismissed, but the greater number of 
cases are awaiting sufficient length of time for answer to be filed, 
that the required notice may be given before hearing can be 
had, and in addition, the Commission has issued many orders in 
respect to pending matters, not covered in the list of formal 
reports and orders. 

Our informal cases, those handled by correspondence, con- 
ference, etc., covering this period, are 577, 523 of which have 
been disposed of, leaving 54 pending. 

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8 Thirteenth and Fourteenth Annual Repoits 

One of the outstanding accomplishments of the Commis- 
sion was the order cancelling the proposed freight rates involved 
in schedules filed before this Commission and the Interstate 
Commerce Commission by railroads south of the Missouri River 
in what is known as the Southwest territory. The rates pro- 
posed in these schedules, in some instances, amounted to as 
much as 40% increases. The rates proposed therein were for 
movements of Less Carload shipments, and the general average 
was about 17% increase. If they had gone into effect, it would 
have cost the shippers an estimated increase in freight rates of 
more than $1,000,000.00 per annum. This Commission under- 
took the burden of making proof of the unreasonableness of these 
proposed class rates. Hearing was had by the Interstate Com- 
merce Commission in Kansas City, and argument of the sane in 
Washington City, in which hearing and argument this Commis-. 
sion sat with the Interstate Commerce Commission. We think 
that the record made in this case by the shippers and the Com- 
mission, resulted in one of the most complete presentations of 
law and fact made to these Commissions during the history of 
this Commission. It was so complete and the result so out- 
standing in its benefits to the shippers, that this Commission 
was complimented by the Kansas Commission, as well as many 
interested shippers. The order cancelling these proposed sched- 
ules was based on the showing that to do so was fair to ail con- 
cerned, and particularly to the carriers. 

This Commission has drafted its General Order No. 24 in 
compliance with the law passed at the last General Assembly, 
which provides for safe clearances for railroad structures. This 
order is rather voluminous and required considerable time in 
investigation, conference, preparation, etc. The Commission 
undertook, by General Order, to provide for clearances, both 
vertical and horizontal, so that the structures could be made 
without application and order in every case, thereby saving 
both time and money to the parties interested and to the Com- 
mission. 

The Commission, during this period has investigated and 
passed upon issues of par stock, notes and bonds in excess of 
$ 11 5, 000, 000 and non par stock exceeding 300,000 shares. In 
addition to this, much work has been done in making audits and 
valuations of utility properties for rate making purposes. Among 
the larger companies involved in these audits and appraisals are 
the Laclede Gas Light Company, Southwestern Bell Telephone 



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Company, Union Electric Light and Power Company, Missouri 
Power and Light Company, Missouri Gas and Electric Com- 
pany, Joplin Water Works Company, West St. Louis Water 
and Light Company and City Light and Traction Company, 
Sedalia- 

The Commission has been able to secure reductions in 
electric rates for approximately 200 communities, and reductions 
in gas rates for approximately 12, and has adjusted by corre- 
spondence and conference, more than 150 complaints regarding 
the rates for service of water, gas and electricity. 

This does not include railroad rate reductions, amounting 
in the aggregate to several hundred thousand dollars. 

The Commission, in most instances, first asking conference 
with the manager and operators of the utility involved, in which 
conference 'the valuation of the utility property, with a reasonably 
fair return, was presented by the Commission, and in each case, 
it goes without saying, that the public received the immediate 
benefits, not having to await the institution of proceedings and 
the conducting of hearings which would have happened, thereby 
postponing these benefits, varying in time from six months to 
years. 

These economies to the people, while the most easily com- 
prehended of the service rendered by the Commission to the 
state, should, by no means, be considered the chief service 
rendered during the time covered by this report. The cost of the 
utility service is, of course, important to the public, but no more 
so than the quality of service. 

At the present time, and in the large cities more particularly, 
the comfort and convenience of practically every family depends 
upon the existence and certainty of the service rendered by public 
utilities. The importance of having some Governmental agency 
with power to regulate both cost and quality of service and 
the continuity thereof, is easily understood. This function is 
discharged solely by the Public Service Commission in this state. 
The number of decisions and orders made, and the number of 
complaints filed, do not fully indicate the Commission's im- 
portance to the people. The fact that it has this duty to dis- 
charge and is vested with authority to enforce its orders and 
decisions, is a compelling force for adequate and efficient utility 
service. The self-interest of the utility should be sufficient, and 
in the main, does secure efficient service and fair and courteous 
dealing with its consumers, yet the existence of this department, 



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where any citizen may, without expense, present such complaint 
as he may have against any utility company that does or should 
serve him, having the assurance that his complaint will be given 
careful and immediate attention, serves as a strong factor in 
maintaining that service at all times which is adequate and 
efficient. 

In this connection, the Commission is now and has been 
making an earnest effort to acquaint the people of the state with 
the right which any citizen has, to file application for better, 
more adequate and efficient service, or complaint for discourte- 
ous treatment of any kind, with the Commission, and with the 
fact that the Commission is anxious and willing to discharge its 
duty in this particular, thoroughly and speedily. It is true that 
but few days pass without some misunderstanding between the 
public utility and its customers being adjusted. 

The Commission not only has jurisdiction over rates and 
service, but is charged with the duty of supervising stock and 
security issues of the public utilities in the state; therefore no 
utility corporation can issue notes, stock or bonds, without the 
Commission's consent and approval* The Commission there- 
fore, should and does thoroughly investigate the utility's financial 
condition, asking its approval and consent, for the purpose of 
determining whether or not the property and earnings of such 
utility will support the securities or stocks to be issued. The 
Commission, in its orders approving issuance of securities and 
stocks by public utilities, requires the utility to furnish detailed 
reports, showing the actual disposition of the proceeds received 
from these issues. The purpose of this being required, is to 
prevent the attendant evils of over-capitalization. 

It being necessary that the Commission confine itself within 
the limits of its appropriation, and in order that it might keep 
safely within its funds, at the early part of this biennium, it 
inaugurated an economical policy, as follows: by dispensing, 
with some of its needed employees, removing telephones from 
some of its departments, rn the use of a hectograph machine, 
in the preparation of documents that should have been printed, 
for some of its permanent files; the holding ol many of its hear- 
ings at its office in Jefferson City, which otherwise would and 
should have been held in the vicinity of the matters involved, 
where the interested parties and witnesses are accessible, and 
at the place, which has been found, in most instances, to be highly 
advisable, and the most satisfactory place for such hearings; but 



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it being impossible to follow this rule and remain within the funds 
available. It has also of necessity been forced to forego several 
applications for audits, appraisals and investigations due to this 
situation- Notwithstanding this restricted appropriation, the 
volume of business transacted has equalled, if not surpassed, 
that of any like period in the history of the Commission. By 
means of this program, together with recent collections, it is 
enabled to return some $14,000 of its available funds, but in so 
doing, it cannot refrain from saying that this saving has been 
at the expense of needed service to the public. 

The reports of the separate departments of the Commission 
are hereto appended and made a part of this report. 



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HISTORICAL. 

Appointments — Time of Service of Each Commissioner — Mem- 
bership of the Commission to December 1, 1926. 

The law creating the Missouri Public Service Commission 
was introduced in the legislature by Senator William G. Busby, 
of Carroll County, and became effective April 15, 1913. By its 
provisions the Commission shall consist of live (5) members to be 
appointed by the Governor, with the advice and consent of the 
Senate, one of whom shall be designated by the Governor to be 
Chairman of the Commission. One of said Commissioners shall 
hold office for two years, two shall hold office for four years and 
two shall hold office for six years: that upon the expiration of 
each of said terms each Commissioner thereafter appointed shall 
hold office for a term of six years from the beginning of their 
terms. Vacancies in said Commission shall be nlled by the Gov- 
ernor for the unexpired term. 

Effective April 15, 1913 there were appointed: 

Frank A. Wightman, railroad expert, of Monet t, Mo., 
for a term of two years, ending April 15, 1915. 

John Kennish, lawyer, of Kansas City, Mo., for a term of 
four years, ending April 15, 1917. 

Howard B. Shaw\ electrical engineer, of Columbia, Mo., 
for a term of four years, ending April 15, 1917. 

John M. Atkinson, lawyer, Chairman, of Doniphan, Mo., 
for a term of six years, ending April 15, 1919. 

William F. Woerner, lawyer, of St. Louis, Mo., effective 
July 3, 1913, for a term ending April 15, 1919. 

William F. Woerner, resigned, effective November 18, 
1914; and Fdwin J. Bean, lawyer, of DeSoto, Mo., effective 
November 19, 1914, was appointed for the unexpired term end- 
ing April 15, 1919. 

Frank A.. Wightman, resigned, efTectivc April 24, 1915: and 

Eugene McQuillin, lawyer, of St. Louis, Mo., effective 
April 24, 1915, was appointed for a term ending April 15, 1921. 

John M. Atkinson, Chairman, resigned, effective May 1, 
1916; and William G. Busby, lawyer, of Carrollton, Mo., 



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effective May 1, 1916, was appointed for the unexpired term, 
ending April 15, 1919, and named Chairman of the Commis- 
sion. 

Eugene McQuillin, resigned, effective February 21, 1917; 
and 

*David E. Blair, lawyer, of Joplin, Mo., effective Feburary 
26, 1917, was appointed for the unexpired term, ending .April 
15, 1921. Resigned August 23, 1920, effective immediately. 
Noah W. Simpson, lawyer, of LaBelJe, Mo., effective 
.April 15, 1917, was appointed for a term ending April 15, 1923, 
vice John Kennish, whose term had expired. 

Edward Flad, civil engineer, of St. Louis, Mo., effective 
.April 15, 1917, was appointed for a term ending April 15, 1923, 
vice Howard B. Shaw, whose term had expired. Pesigned, 
effective October 11, 1921. 

A. J. O'Reilly, civil engineer, of St. Louis, Mo., effective 
October 11, 1921, was appointed for the unexpired term ending 
.April 15, 1923. 

John Kennish, lawyer, of Kansas City, Mo., effective 
.August 23, 1920, was appointed for the unexpired term ending 
April 15, 1921. Resigned, effective December 1, 1920; and 

John A. Kurtz, lawyer, of Kansas City, Mo., effective 
December 1, 1920, was appointed for the unexpired term ending 
April 15, 1921. May 1, 1921, was appointed for a full term of 
six years ending April 15, 1927, and named Chairman of the 
Commission, vice William G. Busby, resigned. Died June 17, 
1923; and 

Merrill E. Otis, lawyer, of St. Joseph, Mo., effective 
June 23, 1923, was appointed for the unexpired term ending 
April 15, 1927, and named as Chairman of the Commission. 
Resigned, effective August 15, 1924. 

William G. Busby, Chairman, resigned, effective May 1, 
1921; and 

Hugh McIndoe, lawyer, of Joplin, Mo., was appointed for 
the unexpired term, ending April 15, 1925. Died May 28, 1923; 
and 

Richard H. Musser, lawyer, of Plattsburg, Mo,, effective 
June 16, 1923, was appointed for the unexpired term ending 
April 15, 1925. 

Thomas J. Brown, lawyer, of Chaileston, Mo., effective 
June 13, 1923, was appointed for a term ending April 15, 1929, 



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vice Noah W. Simpson, whose term had expired April 15, 1923. 
Named Chairman of the Commission, effective August 30, 

1924, to succeed Merrill E. Otis, Chairman, resigned, effective 
August 15, 1924. 

Almon Ing, lawyer, of Poplar Bluff, Mo., effective January 
14, 1925, was appointed for the unexpired term ending April 15, 
1927, of Merrill E. Otis, resigned. 

D. F. Calpee, lawyer, of Jefferson City, Mo., was appointed 
January 15, 1925, for the unexpired term ending April 15, 1929, 
of A. J. O'Reilly, assuming the duties February 4, 1925. 

S. M. Hutchison, lawyer, of Kansas City, Mo., effective 
April 15, 1925, was appointed for a term ending April 15, 1931, 
vice R. H. Musser, resigned. 

J. H. Porter, engineer, of St. Louis, Mo., effective June 26, 

1925, was appointed for a term ending April 15, 1931, vice Edwin 
J. Bean, resigned. 

Membership of the Commission for the period of time named: 

From April 15, 1913, to July 3, 1913: 
John M. Atkinson, Chairman; 
John Kennish, . 
Howard B. Shaw, 
Frank A. Wightman. 

From July 3, 1913, to November 18, 1914: 
John M. Atkinson, Chairman; 
John Kennish, 
Howard B. Shaw, 
Frank A. Wightman, 
William E. Woerner. 

From November 18, 1914, to April 24, 1915: 
John M. Atkinson, Chairman; 
John Kennish, 
Howard B. Shaw, 
Frank A. Wightman, 
Edwin J. Bean. 

From April 24, 1915, to May 1, 1916: 
John M. Atkinson, Chairman; 
John Kennish, . 
Howard B. Shaw, 



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Edwin J. Bean, 
Eugene McQuillin. 

From May 1, 1916, to February 21, 1917: 
William G. Busby, Chairman; 
John Kennish, 
Howard B. Shaw, 

Edwin J. Bean, 
Eugene McQuillin. 

From February 21, 1917, to February 26, 1917: 
William G. Busby, Chairman; 
John Kennish, 
Howard B. Shaw, 
Edwin J. Beak. 

From February 26, 1917, to April 15, 1917: 
William G. Busby, Chairman; 
John Kennish, 
Howard B, Shaw, 
Edwin J. Bean, 
David E. Blair, 

From April 15, 1917, to August 23, 1920: 
William G. Busby, Chairman; 
Edwin J. Bean, 
David E. Blair, 
Noah W. Simpson, 
Edward Flad. 

From August 23, 1920, to December 1, 1920: 
William G. Busby, Chairman; 
Edwin J. Bean, j 
Noah W. Simpson, 
Edward Flad, 
John Kennish. 

From December 1, 1920, to May 1, 1921: 
William G. Busby, Chairman; 
Edwin J. Bean, 
Noah W/Simpson, 
Edward Flad, 
John A. Kurtz. 



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From May 1, 1921, to October 11, 1921: 
John A. Kurtz, Chairman; 
Edwin J. Bean, 
Noah W. Simpson, 
Edward Flad, 
Hugh McIndoe. 

From October 11, 1921, to April 15, 1923: 
John A. Kurtz, Chairman; 
Edwin J. Bean, 
Noah W. Simpson, 
Hugh McIndoe, 
A. J. O'Reilly. 

From April 15, 1923, to June 13, 1923: 
John A. Kurtz, Chairman; 
Edwin J. Bean, 
Hugh McIndoe, 
A. J. O'Reilly. 

From June 13, 1923, to June 16, 1923: 
John A. Kurtz, Chairman; 
Edwin J. Bean, 
A. J. O'Reilly, 
Thomas J. Brown. 

From June 16, 1923, to June 17, 1923: 
. John A. Kurtz, Chairman; 

Edwin J. Bean, 

A. J. O'Reilly, 

Thomas J. Brown, 

Richard H. Musser. 

From June 17, 1923, to June 23, 1923: 
Edwin J. Bean, 
A. J. O'Reilly, 
Thomas J. Brown, 
Richard H. Musser. 

From June 23, 1923, to August 15, 1924: 
Merrill E. Otis, Chairman; 
Edwin J. Bean, 



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A. J. O'Reilly, 
Thomas J. Brown, 
Richard H. Musser. 

From August 15, 1924, to January 14, 1925: 
Thomas J. Brown, Chairman; 
Edwin J. Bean, 
A. J. O'Reilly, 
Richard H. Musser. 

From January 14, 1925, to February 4, 1925: 
Thomas J. Brown, Chairman; 
Edwin J. Bean, 
A. J. O'Reilly, 
Richard H. Musser, 
Almon Ing. 

From February 4, 1925, to March 2, 1925: 
Thomas J. Brown, Chairman; 
Edwin J. Bean, 
Almon Ing, 
D. F. Calfee, 
Richard H. Musser. 

From March 2, 1925, to April 17, 1925: 
Thomas J. Brown, Chairman; 
Almon Ing, 
Edwin J- Bean, 
D. F. Calfee. 

From April 17, 1925, to June 15, 1925: 
Thomas J. Brown, Chairman; 
EDWrN J. Bean, 
Almon Ing, 
D. F. Calfee, 
S. M. Hutchison. 

From June 15, 1925, to June 26, 1925: 
Thomas J. Brown, Chairman; 
Almon Ing, 
D. F. Calfee, 
S. M. Hutchison. 



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From June 26, 1925, to December 1, 1926: 
Thomas J. Brown, Chairman; 
Almon Ing, 
D. F. Calfee, 
S. M. Hutchison, 
J. H. Porter. 



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LEGAL DEPARTMENT. 

This Department, constituted as heretofore, consists of the 
General Counsel, Assistant Counsel and one stenographer. 

The following shows the nature of the proceedings had in 
the various suits begun, ending or disposed of during the period 
beginning December 1, 1925, and ending November 30, 1926, 
and which have been handled by this department. 

1. Union Electric Light and Power Company Case: These 
cases, eight in number and of like character, were brought in the 
Circuit Court of Cole County, Missouri, in April, 1919, by 
certain large consumers of the company in the City of St. Louis 
to review and set aside an order of the Commission granting 
an increase to the company in rates for heat furnished. These 
cases were heard together on the 31st day of October, 1919. Later 
the Circuit Court set aside the orders of the Commission. Ap- 
peals were taken by the Commission and the Company. The 
cases were briefed and argued at the April term, 1921, of the 
Supreme Court, and by the Court decided for the Commission. 
Three of the eighteen cases are now pending in the Supreme 
Court of the United States. 

2. Capital City Water Company Case : This is a suit by 
the Company owning the waterworks system in Jefferson City 
to review and set aside the orders of the Commission fixing the 
valuation of the company's property and also prescribing rates. 
At the time of the last report, this case was pending before the 
Supreme Court of the United' States on a writ of error from the 
Supreme Court of Missouri. The Water Company, while this 
case was pending, made a new application to the Commission, 
a new order was issued by the Commission and on stipulations 
this case was dismissed in the Supreme Court. 

3. St. Joseph Gas Company Case : This is a suit brought 
by the City of St. Joseph in the Buchanan County Circuit Court 
to review and set aside orders of the Commission prescribing 
charges for gas and making certain increases therein. The 
Circuit Court of Buchanan County set aside the order of the 
Commission. An appeal to the Supreme Court was taken 
and the case heard on appeal at the January call, 1922, before 
the Court en Banc. In July, 1922, a decision was rendered 
which set aside the order of the Commission. A motion for 



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rehearing was filed which was sustained. Upon the re-argument 
the Supreme Court again rendered a decision which set aside 
the order of the Commission. A second motion for a rehearing 
was filed and by the Court sustained. The case was re-argued 
and July 20th, 1925, the Supreme Court rendered a decision 
reversing the judgment of the trial court and remanding the 
case to that court with directions to set aside its judgment and 
to enter its judgment affirming the order of the Commission. 

4. Southeast Missouri Rate Case: These suits, eight 
in number, were brought in the United States District Court 
by various railroad companies operating in what is known as 
Southeast Missouri. They were based upon a finding and order 
of the Interstate Commerce Commission in a proceeding before 
that Commission instituted by the Cairo Association of Com- 
merce wherein it was held that the rates in Southeast Missouri 
constituted an undue discrimination against the Interstate Com- 
merce and against the commerce of Cairo, Illinois. 

An interlocutory injunction was granted, restraining the 
Commission from interference with the railroad companies, 
putting in increased rates as directed by the Interstate Com- 
merce Commission. Answers were filed in these cases on behalf 
of the Commission. These cases have been briefed and argued, 
and a decision of the Federal Court granting injunction handed 
down. 

5. St Joseph Gas Company Case: This, a second suit, 
was brought by the City of St. Joseph to review certain orders 
made by the Commission subsequent to those in issue in the 
suit mentioned in paragraph No. 3. A return to the writ of 
review issued out of the Circuit Court of Buchanan County 
was made in due time. This case was not brought to trial be- 
cause of the pendency of the suit above mentioned. Subsequent 
to the above decision this suit was dismissed. 

6. Louisiana Water Company Case : This is a suit brought 
in May, 1922, in the United States District Court, by the Louis- 
iana Water Company against the Commission seeking to enjoin 
the Commission from interfering with the company in putting 
in force higher rates for water service in the City of Louisiana, 
and particularly higher charges to the City of Louisiana for 
hydrant rentals. 

A hearing of the application for an interlocutory injunction 
was had in Kansas City in May, 1922, and the Court granted an 
interlocutory injunction against the Commission. Upon the 



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suggestion of this Department the City of Louisiana has asked 
permission to intervene in the suit and an order was made by the 
United States District Court at its regular October term, 1922, 
permitting the City to intervene, file its answer to the bill of the 
company and take part of the defense of the case, as a formal 
party. This case was later tried and an order and decision ren- 
dered by the Court enjoining this Commission from interfering 
with the rates charged by the Water Company, from which judg- 
ment and order an appeal was taken by the Commission to the 
Supreme Court of the United States. On satisfactory adjust- 
ment this case was dismissed by stipulation in the Supreme Court. 

j 7. Citizens Gas Company Case: This is a suit brought 
by the Citizens Gas Company of Hannibal, Missouri, against 
the Commission, in the United States District Court. The 
suit is founded upon the allegations that the valuation fixed by 
the Commission is unreasonably low and operates to confiscate 
its property and that the rates prescribed by the Commission 
to be charged by the Company are confiscatory. This suit was 
filed in June, 1922, but the application which the company made 
for an interlocutory injunction was not acted upon by the Court. 
Answer was filed by this department for the Commission in due 
time. The case was later tried, briefed and argued, and decided 
that the value fixed by the Commission was too low. For lack 
of funds this case could not be appealed. 

8. Springfield Gas Case: This cause is now pending in 
the United States District Court and grows out of an application 
filed by the Company before the Commission, asking for certain 
valuations and rates. Upon this application, the order was later 
by the Commission made, fixing a valuation and prescribing 
rates which the Company contended were unjustly low and 
sought injunctive relief in the District Federal Court, on the 
constitutional grounds that the order of the Commission deprived 
the company of its property without due process of law. The 
cause has been tried in the Federal Court and the injunction 
granted. Motions for a rehearing and a plea to the jurisdiction 
of the court have been filed, briefed and submitted and case 
pending decision on these motions. 

9, Bevier & Southern Railroad Company Case: This 
case, now pending in the United States District Court, grows 
out of an order of the Commission requiring the railroad com- 
pany to install and operate a passenger train, from which order 



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of the Commission an injunction was sought, and a temporary 
one obtained, in the United States District Court. Case dis- 
missed on stipulation. 

10. Kansas City Terminal Railway Company (Oak Street 
Viaduct Case): This cause is a suit brought by the Kansas 
City Terminal Railway Company to review an order of the 
Commission, authorizing and ordering the Terminal Railroad 
Company to construct, at its own expense, a viaduct over its 
tracks at Oak Street in said City, Tried in the Cole County 
Circuit Court and from judgment affirming the order of the 
Commission appeal was taken to the Supreme Court of Missouri. 
The case was briefed, argued and submitted and the Court 
rendered decision setting aside the order of the Commission. 

11. Wabash Railway Company (Delmar Grade Crossing 
Case): This case grows out of an application of the City of 
St. Louis for a separation of the grade at Delmar in the City 
of St. Louis, where said street is crossed at grade by the Wabash 
Railway Company. From an order of the Commission, sep- 
arating said grade by means of a viaduct and apportioning the 
cost between the City and the Railroad Company, a writ of re- 
view was sued out by the railroad company against the Commis- 
sion in the Cole County Circuit Court, which Court reversed 
the order of the Commission and remanded the cause. From this 
judgment of the Cole County Circuit Court, the Commission 
together with the City of St. Louis appealed to the Supreme 
Court of Missouri, where the case was briefed and argued and 
which court later by its decision reversed the Cole County Circuit 
Court and sustained the order of the Commission. From this 
decision of the Supreme Court of Missouri the railroad com- 
panies have sued out a writ of error to the Supreme Court of the 
United States, where the matter has been briefed and set for 
trial. 

12. West St. Louis Water and Light Company Case: 
This case is now pending in the Supreme Court on appeal from 
an order of the Cole County Circuit Court, reversing an order of 
the Commission. This case has been briefed, argued and sub- 
mitted to the Supreme Court. 

13. Kansas City Power and Light Company Case (Fuse 
Boy Case) : This case grew out of an order of the Commission 
prohibiting the Light Company from requiring certain of its 
patrons in apartment houses to install the specific fuse box for 
purpose of obtaining electric current. From a judgment of the 



of the Public Service Commission 23 

Cole County Circuit Court sustaining the order of the Commis- 
sion, appeal was perfected to the Supreme Court, where the 
case was briefed, argued and submitted. The Supreme Court by 
its decision, reversed the judgment of the Cole County Circuit 
Court and set aside the order of the Commission. 

14. Flood et al vs. Commission: This case was pending 
in the Supreme Court of Missouri, seeking to review the legality 
of an order of the Commission with respect to certain telephone 
service- Dismissed on stipulation sustaining order of the Com- 
mission. 

15. St. Louis County Gas Company Case: This case grew 
out of an order of the Public Service Commission requiring the 
Gas Company to render certain service to its patrons. The 
company appealed to the Circuit Court of the City of St. Louis, 
where the order of the Commission was set aside. The Commis- 
sion appealed to the Supreme Court where the case was briefed, 
argued and submitted. The judgment of the Circuit Court was 
affirmed, setting aside the order of the Commission. 

16. Missouri Pacific Railroad Company (DeSoto Crossing 
Case) : This case originated by writ of review from the Cole 
County Circuit Court, seeking to set aside order of the Com- 
mission granting a crossing at grade in the City of DeSoto. 
Tried in the Cole County Circuit Court, judgment for plaintiff. 
After conference with the City of DeSoto, no further proceedings 
had in this case. 

17. C. R. I. & P. Railroad Company Case: This case 
grew out of an order of the Public Service Commission authoriz- 
ing an overhead crossing by public road over the tracks of the 
railroad company. On appeal to the Cole County Circuit Court, 
the order of the Commission was affirmed. The case was ap- 
pealed to the Supreme Court, where the case was tried and the 
order of the Commission was affirmed. 

18. City of Kirkwood Case: This is an injunction pro- 
ceeding brought by this department on order of the Commis- 
sion against the City of Kirkwood, asking that they be restrained 
from furnishing water service in unauthorized territory. This 
case was tried by the Circuit Court of the County of St* Louis 
and judgment rendered for the Commission. 

19. Short Line Railroad Company Case : This case origi- 
nated by writ of review sued out of the Circuit Court of Cole 
County, to review decision of the Commission refusing to grant 
certificate of convenience and necessity to the Short Line Com- 



24 Thirteenth and Fourteenth Annual Reports 

pany. This case tried in the Circuit Court, judgment affirmed 
order of the Commission, appealed to the Supreme Court by the 
railroad company. Case now pending. 

20. Southwestern Bell Telephone Case : This case origi- 
nated by writ of certiorari sued out of the St. Louis City Circuit 
Court by the City of St. Louis, to review order of the Commission 
valuing and fixing a rate for telephone service in the City of 
St. Louis. Tried by the Circuit Court, judgment sustaining the 
order of the Commission. Now pending on appeal to the 
Supreme Court. 

21. Rutledge Case: This case originated by writ of 
review sued out against the Commission for refusing to order in 
a private crossing over the Missouri Pacific Railroad Company's 
tracks. Circuit Court of Cape Girardeau County entered judg- 
ment setting aside the order of the Commission. Appeal was 
perfected to the Supreme Court, whereafter trial judgment of 
the Circuit Court was reversed and case remanded. 

22. Vandalia Union Switchboard Case: Writ of review 
sued out of the Audrain County Circuit Court Lo review order 
of the Commission. Tried by Circuit Court, judgment for the 
Commission. 

23. Public Service Commission vs. W. R. Hoiloway et al 
Webster County Case: This is a mandamus suit brought by 
this department on order of the Commission to require the 
County Court of Webster County to comply with order of the 
Commission. County Court of Webster County having com- 
plied with the order of the Commission, case was dismissed at 
the expense of the County. 

24. Receivers C. & A. Railway Company: This case 
grew out of an order of the Commission granting permission to 
effect an over-head crossing by a state highway over the tracks 
of the C. & A. Railroad Company. Case was tried in the Cir- 
cuit Court of Cole County and judgment rendered sustaining 
the Commission. Appealed by the railroad to the Supreme 
Court, where, after trial, judgment of the Circuit Court 
was affirmed and order of the Commission was sustained. 

25. State ex rel. City of St. Joseph vs. Public Service 
Commission. Water Rates: This case originated by writ of 
review sued out from the Cole County Circuit Court to review 
an order of the Commission establishing water rates in St. 
Joseph. Trial in the Circuit Court, judgment for the Com- 



of the Public Service Commission 25 

xiission, appeal taken by the City to the Supreme Court, where 
:ase is now pending. 

26. Macon Telephone Company vs. Public Service Com- 
mission Involving Toll Rates Between Macon and Bevier. Case 
Driginated by telephone company suing out writ of review in the 
Cole County Circuit Court, where, after return made by the 
Commission, the case was tried and judgment rendered sustain- 
ing the order of the Commission. Appeal taken by telephone 
company to the Supreme Court where case is now pending. 

27. State ex rel. Missouri Pacific vs. Public Service Com- 
mission; Overhead crossing at Vulcan, Missouri. Case now 
pending in Supreme Court on appeal by railroad company from 
decision of the Circuit Court affirming order of. the Commis- 
sion. 

28. State ex rel. Missouri Pacific vs. Public Service Com- 
mission (involving under-pass at Syracuse, Missouri) : Now 
pending in the Cole County Circuit Court on writ of review. 

29. C. R. I. & Pac. vs. Public Service Commission (in- 
volving under-pass at Cameron): Pending in Cole County 
Circuit Court on writ of review. 

30. State ex rel. Farmers Elevator Company vs, PubLc 
Service Commission, (involving grade crossing at Silex, Mis- 
souri, with the St. Louis & Hannibal Railroad): Writ of 
review to the Pike County Circuit Court. Case was tried and 
submitted, now awaiting decision by that court. 

31. State ex rel. Pugh vs. Public Service Commission 
(involving suburban fares on Frisco Railroad into St. Louis): 
Case now pending in Circuit Court of the City of St. Louis on 
writ of review. 



26 Thirteenth and Fourteenth Annual Reports 



ENGINEERING DEPARTMENT 

This department consisted of a chief engineer, six assistant 
engineers and one stenographer until December 1, 1925. This 
department now consists of a chief engineer, five assistant 
engineers and one stenographer. 

The duties of the Engineering Department consist of: 

(a). Appraisal of all properties over which the Commis- 
sion has jurisdiction. 

(b). All matters relating to investigation of accidents on 
steam and electric railways. 

(c). All matters relating to protection, alteration and 
elimination of grade crossings. 

(d). Inspection of steam and electric railway properties. 

(e). Investigations to determine necessity and safety of 
switch and sidetrack connections. 

(f). All matters relating to steam and electric railway 
signal systems and interlocking plants. 

(g). All matters relating to steam and electric railway 
clearances. 

(h). All matters relating to street railway traffic studies 
and service. 

(i). Investigations relative to applications for certificate of 
convenience and necessity, filed by steam and electric railways. 

(j). All drainage investigations. 

(k). All investigations relative to filtration of water 
supplies, intakes, etc. 

Appraisal of Property of Public Utilities 

During the years 1925 and 1926, to December 1, the 'Engi- 
neering Department completed appraisals of the following 
properties: 



Missouri Gas and Electric Service Company, Estimated In- 
vestment . . . 

The Laclede Gas Light Company, Estimated Investment.. 

Estimated Cost of Reproduction 

Missouri Union Telephone Company, Clinton Exchange. . . . 

Estimated Investment 

Estimated Cost of Reproduction 



SI, 222, 901. OC 
33,589,131.0c 
53,848,128.0c 

160, 162. OC 
209, 259. Ot 



of the. Public Service Commission 27 



Tackson County Light, Heat and Power Co., Estimated In- 
vestment. 

Estimated Cost of Reproduction 

FopHn Water Works Company, Estimated Investment.... 

Estimated Cost of Reproduction 

St. Louis County Water Company, Estimated Investment- . 

Estimated Cost of Reproduction 

Memphis Telephone Company, Estimated Investment. 

Estimated Cost of Reproduction 

Kahoka Telephone & Construction Co., Estimated Invest- 
ment 

Estimated Cost of Reproduction 



377,251.00 

544,313.00 

912,445.00 

1,639,149.00 

3,557,040.00 

4,845,935.00 

29.894.00 

43,313.00 

59 , 786 . 00 
88,457.00 



An appraisal of the property of the Clinton County Tele- 
phone Company is now in progress. 

Investigation of Accidents on Steam and Electric Railways. 

Steam and electric railways are required to wire immediate 
report of accidents. These messages are followed by detailed 
report of accident. At the end of each month a. summary of 
all accidents that have occurred during that month is filed with 
the Commission. 

A careful investigation is made of all highway crossing 
accidents resulting in injury or death. The purpose of these 
investigations is to determine the cause and to apply corrective 
measures, rather than to fix the blame. 

As a result of these investigations many highway grade 
crossings have been protected. 

Protection, Alteration and Elimination of Grade Crossings. 

Plans were approved for crossing bells on the Frisco Lines 
at Gulf Junction, Leeds, Mile Post 316.5, Hayti, Grand View, 
Republic, Williamson, Clarkton, Niangua and Purdy, Plans 
were approved for wig- wag signals on the Frisco Lines at Globe 
and Pacific and on the Missouri Pacific at Archie. Conditions 
surrounding proposed grade crossings on Frisco Lines near 
Grand View and near Raytown were investigated. Outlined 
design of reinforced concrete subway for City Engineer, Marshall. 

Investigation of Signal Systems and Interlocking Plants. 

Plans were approved for interlocking plants at East Bottoms, 
Kansas City, Murray, Amazonia, Machens, Illmo Dodson, 
Louisiana, SL Joseph, Birmingham, Tower X and Tower 2 at 
St. Louis, and Hannibal. 



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Investigation of Safety and Adequacy of Service Rendered 
by Steam Railways. Prepared General Order No. 24, pre- 
scribing uniform clearances of bridges, viaducts, tunnels, over- 
head crossings, buildings, wires, etc. 

Investigation of Adequacy of Service Rendered by Public 

Utilities. The telephone properties at Waverly and at Grand 
Pass and the electric property at Thayer were examined and 
recommendations made for improvement of service. Revised 
rules and regulations for rural service on lines of the Missouri 
Power & Light Company. 

General: Members of the Engineering Department attend- 
ed and participated in hearings and assisted the Commission in 
preparing reports and orders in many cases. 

Analysis of Accidents: Compilation and analysis of the 
accident reports of the carriers to the Commission, disclose the 
following: 

FIRST TEN MONTHS OP 1025. 





Stenm. 


Electric, 


Total. 




Killed. 


Injured. 


Killed. 


Injured. 


Killed. 


Injured. 


Passengers ■ . . . . 


5 
:J2 
72 
6t 


191 
921 
100 
140 


2 

3 

21 


1,009 

78 

439 

10 


35 
93 
61 


1 200 


Employees 


999 


Trespassers 

Non-trespassers 


539 
150 






Totals 


170 


1 , 352 


26 


1 , 536 


196 


2,888 







FIRST NINE MONTHS OF 192(3. 



Passengers 

Employees 

Trespassers . . . . 
Non-trespassers 

Totals. . . . 



Steam. 


Electric. 


Total. 


Killed. 


Injured. 


Killed. 


Injured. 


lulled. 


Injured. 


6 
14 
68 
47 


87 
713 

78 
117 


4 


782 
1 
8 

352 


6 
14 
72 
47 


869 

714 

86 

469 


135 


995 


4 


1.143 


139 


2,138 



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DEPARTMENT OF STATISTICS AND ACCOUNTS. 

Fiscal Period November 1, 1924 to November 30, 1926. 
The Personnel of this Department from November 1, 1924 to 
April 27, 1926 consisted of a Chief Accountant, three expert 
Accountants, two Assistant Accountants, and a Statement 
Clerk. On April 27, 1926 one of the expert Accountants resigned 
and owing to our curtailed appropriation the Department 
functioned shorthanded during the balance of the biennial 
period. The regular activities of the Cepartment are as follows: 

1. Audit of books and records of Steam Railroads, Electric 
Railroads, Express Companies, Telephone Companies, Gas ; 
Hlectric, Water and Heating . Utilities, in order to ascertain 
Original Cost, Capitalization, Income, Expenditures, Operating 
Statistics and Rate of Return, to be used in Valuation, Capital- 
ization and Rate-making cases. 

2. Drafting Accounting Systems and forms of Annual 
Reports for Utilities. 

3. Analyzing Accounting and Statistical exhibits and 
Evidence presented by Utilities in Valuation, Capitalization and 
Rate-making cases, 

4. Compiling Financial and Operating data from Annual 
Reports of Missouri Utilities for other Commissions, Munici- 
palities, Civic Leagues, Traffic Associations, Utilities, Brokers, 
Attorneys and Sundry Petitioners for such information. 

5. Compiling Comparative Statistical data from Annual 
Reports of Utilities. 

6. Examining and Recording verilied semi-annual reports 
of realization from Bond and Stock issues authorized by the 
Commission and distribution of such proceeds, 

7. Examine quarterly, semi-annual and annual exhibits 
}f the Operating Results of companies operating under temporary 
~ates with a view to determine whether such rates should be 
'urther extended or terminated. 

8. Preparing, proof reading, mailing, receiving, acknow- 
edging and filing Annual Reports of the various Utilities operat- 
ng in the State of Missouri. 

9. Attending hearings, testifying on Audits and assisting 
:he Commission in the preparation of Reports and Orders in 
Valuation, Capitalization and Rate Cases. 

10. Advising verbally and by correspondence the various 
Utilities in matters pertaining to Accounts and Statistics. 



30 Thirteenth and Fourteenth Annual Reports 



AUDITS MADE DURING THE PERIOD. 

Union Electric Light and Power Company, (Subsidiaries 
acquired from Light and Development Co). 

Missouri Power Company, Ste. Genevieve and vicinity. 

Lafayette County Telephone Company, Lexington. South- 
western Bell Telephone Company, St. Louis Exchange. (Two 
Audits). 

Capital City Water Company, Jefferson City, Mo. 

Missouri Union Telephone Company, Clinton and vicinity. 

Jackson County Light Heat and Power Company, In- 
dependence, Mo. 

St. Joseph Water Company. 

Jnplin Water Works Company. 

F. B. Fields Telephone System, Chamois and vicinity. 

Clinton County Telephone Company, Plattsburg and 
vicinity. 

JVIissouri Gas and Flectric Service Company, Lexington and 
vicinity. 

Kahoka Telephone Company. 

Laclede Gas Light Company, St. Louis. 

Memphis Telephone Company. 

West St. Louis Water and Light Company, St. Louis 
County. 

City Light and Traction Company, Sedalia. 

"Missouri Hydro Electric Company, (Two Audits). 

City Water Company of Sedalia. 

-United Railways Company of St. Louis. 



of the Public Service Commission 31 



COMPILING COMPARATIVE STATISTICAL DATA. 

During the period covered this Department compiled much 
statistical data, gathered from the Annual Reports filed by 
Utilities and furnished same to Cities, States, Commissions, 
Brokers, Civic Bodies, Etc., at rates stipulated by the Public 
Service Commission Law. 



STOCK, BOND AND NOTE AUTHORIZATIONS. 

Utilities organized, existing or incorporated under the laws 
of Missouri may issue Stocks, Bonds, Notes and other evidences 
of indebtedness, payable at periods of more than twelve months 
after the date thereof, only after securing an order from the 
Commission authorizing such issue. The order specifies the 
amount of issue and the disposition of the proceeds. This 
Department examines all exhibits and documents presented and 
reports its recommendations to the Commission, 

For the fiscal period covered in this report the Commission 
authorized the issuance of Stocks, Bonds and Notes as set out 
in the appended tables. The Commission requires semi-annual 
reports from Utilities of the sale of securities and disposition of 
the proceeds. These reports are checked in this Department in 
order to ascertain whether all stipulations set forth in the order 
are met. 

GENERAL. 

The Chief Accountant of the Commission is required to 
prepare memoranda in Rate Extension Cases, Bond, Stock and 
Note Issue Cases, and in some instances write the orders author- 
izing or denying the application. During the period covered 
memoranda or orders were prepared in many cases. 



32 



Thirteenth and Fourteenth Annual Reports 



TABLE SHOWING ALL AUTHORIZATIONS GRANTED TO ISSUE STOCKS BONE 
NOTES AND OTHER EVIDENCES OF INDEBTEDNESS UNDER THE PUBL 
SERVICE COMMISSION LAW, FROM NOVEMBER 1 1924 TO NOVEMBB 
30, 1926. 



No. 



2 2 S3 
3115 
3168 
3462 
4041 

4058 
4 ion 
4135 
4148 
4161 
4176 
4187 
4191 

4214 

4214 
4214 
4220 

4231 
4234 
4248 
4250 
4251 
4259 

4260 
4262 
4270 
4279 
4207 
4334 
4353 
4355 
4366 

4367 
4373 
4396 
4408 
4415 
4432 
4442 

4452 

4456 

4462 

4465 
4470 
4474 
4481 
4538 
4542 



Name of Company. 



Kansas City Gas Co 

Richards Telephone Co 

Union Electric Light & Power Co , 

Hannibal Ry. & Electric Co 

Hannibal Ry. & Electric Co 

Non Par. 

Springfield City Water Co 

Laclede Gas Light Co 

Arkansas-Missouri Power Co 

Lawrence County W, L. A C, 8. Co 

Ozark Utilities Co 

Missouri Cas & Elec. Service Co 

Jnterurban Water Co 

Public Service Co, of Missouri 

Non Par. 
Independence Water Works Co 

Independence Water Works Co 

Independence Water Works Co 

Public Service Co. of Missouri ......... 

LafayetfeTelephone Co 

Central Mo. Telephone Co 

Mo. Gas & Elec. Service Co 

K. C. Power & Light Co 

Missouri Power & Light Co. 

Perry County Telephone Co 

Non Par 

West St, Louis Water & Light Co 

Hannibal Ry. &. Electric Co 

City Water Co. of Sedalia 

St. Joseph Transmission Co 

Springfield City "Water Co.. 

Citizens Mutual Telephone Co. 

Arkansas-Missouri Power Co . 

Gasconade Power Co 

Non Par 

Ozark Southern Ry 

Mo. Power and Light Co. . . 

Me, Gas & Elec. Service Co 

Raytown Water Co 

Kansas City Public Service Co 

Kansas City Terminal Ry. Co 

East Mo. Power Co . . 

(Par 

Mo. Power & Development Co. j 

[Non Par. . 
Mo. Edison Co . 

Mo, Power & Light Co 

ARon Grain Elevator Co 

Mo. Gas &. Elec. Service Co 

Mo. Gas & Elec. Service Co 

Hemple Electric Co . 

Cape Girardeau Bell Tele. Co 

Trenton Gas & Elec. Co 



Kind of 
Security. 



Bonds. . . 

Note.. . . 

Bonds. . . 

Bonds. . . 
/stock.,. . 
\ Stock. . . 

Bonds,. , 

Notes. . , 

Bonds.. . 

Stock . , . 

Stock... . 

Bonds.. . 

Stock . . . 

Bonds. . . 

Stock. . . 

Bonds.. . 

Notes. .. 

Notes. . . 

Bonds.. . 
/Bonds.. . 
\Stock. .. 

Stock. . . 

Stock . . . 

Stock.... 

Bonds,. . 

Stock , . . 
/ S cock . . . 
\ Stock.. . 

Bonds.. . 

Notes. . . 
( Bonds., , 
\ Notes. . . 

Stock. . . 

Stock . . . 

Stock. . . 

Bonds.. . 
/Stock . . . 
\ Stock. . , 

Bonds. . . 

Stock . , , 

Stock . . . 

Stock . . . 

Slock . . . 

Bonds., , 

Stock . . . 

Stock . . . 

Stock . , . 
/ Bonds., . 
\ Stock . . . 
/Bonds.. . 
\ Stock... 

Bonds. . . 

Stock. , . 

Stock . . . 

Stock . . . 

Stock.... 

Debentures. 



Amount 
Allowed. 



.11,416,000.00 

700 . 00 

12,122,000.00 

13,300.00 

50,000.00 

1,000 shares 

50,000.00 

3,000,000.00 

33,600.00 

100,000.00 

150,000.00 

6O0 , 000 . 00 

30 , 000 . 00 

87 . 000 . 00 

2,150 shares 

425 , 000 . 00 

240,000.00 

120,000,00 

450,000.00 

2,185,000.00 

037 , 000 . 00 

23 , 000 . 00 

184,250 00 

73 , 900 . 00 

2 , 000 , 000 . 00 

468,500.00 

35,000.00 

1,200 shares 

600,000.00 

20,190.00 

1.000,000.00 

900,000.00 

20 , 200 . 00 

700,000.00 

7 , 500 . 00 

970,000.00 

64 , 000 . 00 

824 shares. 

85 , 000 . 00 

567,500.00 

28,700.00 

50,000.00 

25,000.00 

16,908,000.00 

58,000.00 

100,000.00 

1,500 shares 

100,000.00 

50,000.00 

6,500,000.00 

600,000.00 

350,000.00 

5 , 700 . 00 

107,900,00 

2,000.00 

50.000.00 

450,000.00 



of the Public Service Coirimission 



33 



TABLE SHOWING ALL AUTHORIZATIONS GRANTED TO ISSUE STOCKS, ETC.— 

Continued. 



No, 



4590 
4593 
4596 

4619 

462» 
4625 
4627 
1045 
1640 
4647 



4648 
4605 
4677 
4682 
4717 

4718 
4723 



4746 
4749 
, 4760 
4770 
4788 
4791 
4804 
4823 
4833 
4857 
4858 
4865 
4904 
4923 
4977 



Name of Company. 



Noel Mill & Elov. 03 

Capital City Tele. Co Non Par. 

Kansas City Public Service Co.. ........ 

Non Par. 
St. Louis County Water Co 

Non Par. 

Mo. Gas & Elect. Service Co 

Union Elec. Light & Power Co 

Clinton County Telephone Co 

Avk. -Missouri. Power Co 

St. Louis County Uan Co . 

Mo, Electric Power Co 

Non. Par. 

Gasconade Power Co ..... . 

M^Power and Light Co 

Austin Inland Tele. Co 

St. Louis-San Francisco 1'ty, Co 

Independence Water Works Co 



Non Par 



Ozark Pubiic Service Co. . 
United Utilities Corporation. 



Non Par. 



East Mo. Power Co 

Ozark Utilities Co. 

Scotia Telephone Co, 

Mo. General Utilities Co 

Mo. General Utilities Co 

Mo. Gas & IClec Service Co. . . . 

Scotia Telephone Co 

St. Louis Public Service Co.. . . 

Mo. Power and Light Co 

Southwestern Beli Tele. Co. . , . 
/To Middle States Utilities Co. 



Ark. -Missouri Power Co 

Osage County Telephone Co... Non Par 
Springfield City Water Co .? 



Kind of 
Security. 



Bonds.. 
/Stock.. 
\ Bonds.. 

Stock . 
/Soitds.. 
\ Stock . 

Bonds.. 

Stock . . 

Bonds. . 

Ronds.. 

Stock . 

Bonds. . 

Stock . . 

Stock . . 

Stock . . 

Stock. . 

Bonds. . 

Notes, . 
/Stock. 
\Stock . . 

Stock . . 
/Bonds.. 
\Stock. . 

Stock . . 

Bonds. . 

Bonds. . 

Stock . . 

Stock . . 

Bonds.. 

Stock . . 

Stock . . 

Stock . . 

Stock . . 

Stock . . 

Stock. . 

Bonds. . 

Bonds.. 

Stock . . 

Bonds., 



Amount 
Allowed. 



* 15, 000. 00 

3.000 shares 

12,465,200.00 

265.969.4 shares 

•2 . S00 , 000 . 00 

2 S ,000 shares 

112,000.00 

10.500,000.00 

50 , 000 . 00 

348 , 500 . 00 

5O0 , 000 . 00 

336,000.00 

125.000.00 

1 ,000 shares 

17,600.00 

265 , 000 . 00 

25,000.00 

5, OttO, 000. 00 

184,300.00 

3,217 shares 

50 , 000 . 00 

142.500.00 

37 , 500 . 00 

2,000 shares 

150,000.00 

350,00000 

500.00 

10,000.00 

225,000.00 

10,100.00 

129,000.00 

15,000.00 

167,500.00 

25,000,000.00 

75 , 000 . 00 

250,000.00 

600,000.00 

300 shares 

345 , 000 . 00 



Date of 

Permit. 



11- 0-1925 
11-19 1925 
9-20- I 92S 

1- 7-1926 

12-19-1025 
12-29-1925 

2- 1-1920 
2- L 8- I 920 
I- 6-1920 
1-21-1920 



1-27-1926 
1-27-1926 
2- 1-1026 
1-26-1926 
3 26-1926 

3-18-1926 
4- 2-192G 



4-16-1926 
5-22-1926 
4-16-1926 
4-26-1926 
5-27-1926 
G- S-1926 
6-16-1020 
6-25-1926 
7-26-1926 
.7-13-1926 
9- 9-1926 

9-13-1926 

9-10-1926 

10-26-1926 



Total Bonds, Notes, etc 

Total Par Stock 

Total Non Par Stock (Shares) , 



$73,839,990.00 

41,574,650.00 

310.160.4 



GAS, ELECTRIC, HEAT AND WATER DEPARTMENT. 

The work of this Department is at present carried on by its 
Chief and one Stenographer. 

The duties of this Department are as follows: 
First: The keeping of an accurate official record of all 
corporations and municipalities furnishing gas, electric, heating 
or water service in this State which come under the jurisdiction 



34 Thirteenth and Fourteenth Annual Reports 

of the Commission in accordance with the definitions provided 
by the Public Service Commission Law. 

Second: Attention to all correspondence and verbal re- 
quests for information coming before the Commission on matters 
pertaining to the business of furnishing gas, electric, heating or 
water service and allied technical subjects in general. 

Third: Adjustment of all correspondence complaints in- 
volving gas, electric, heating or water service. 

Fourth: The filing of the schedule of rates of gas, electric, 
heating and water utilities. 

Fifth: General inspection and test of service meters. 

Sixth: General supervision of matters pertaining to quality 
of equipment of gas, electric, heating and water utilities in so far 
as the public interest, public health and protection of the public 
and employees are concerned. 

Seventh: Analysis in conjunction with the Accounting 
Department of all operating reports as required by this Com- 
mission's orders allowing temporary rates, from which analyses 
appropriate orders are made up, relative to continuing or chang- 
ing temporary rates as allowed by this Commission. 

Eighth: To attend hearings, offer testimony and make in- 
vestigations when necessary, in all matters before the Com- 
mission involving permits for electric transmission lines, in- 
ductive interference controversies and transfers of utilities, and 
other formal cases before the Commission relating Lo standards, 
adequacy and extensions of utility service. 

The Head of this Department attended hearings in Two 
Hundred Twenty-nine (229) Cases. 

The following investigations and inspection trips were 
made by the Head of this Department. 

St. Louis: Made investigation of complaint made by Bay 
Brothers T umber Company, St. Louis, Missouri. 

Columbia: Made investigation of rates for power and 
lighting at Columbia, Missouri. 

Columbia: Made test of power plant to determine costs 
of operations at Columbia, Missouri. This test resulted in a 
reduction of 10% in lighting rates and a reduction in power 
rates Lo large consumers. 

Aurora: Made investigation of electric light and power 
service, also, metering and billing practices at Aurora, Missouri. 



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This Department checked over and filed, and in many 
instances, made up new reduced schedules as follows: 

Electric — Five Hundred Thirty (530). 
Gas — Thirty-seven (37). 
Water—Ten (10). 
Steam Heating— Two (2). 

TELEPHONE AND TELEGRAPH DEPARTMENT. 

"this department constituted as heretofore, consists of a 
chief and one assistant. The duties are as follows: 

First: The keeping of an accurate official record of all 
corporations or individuals furnishing telephone or telegraph 
service in this state doing business for hire. The records con- 
sist of rate schedules showing rates charged for service, and 
rules for the conducting of their business. 

Second. The handling of all correspondence and verbal 
requests for information that come before the Commission on 
matters pertaining to telephone and telegraph service and the 
adjustment of all matters pertaining thereto. 

Third. General supervision of matters pertaining to the 
quality and quantity of telephone and telegraph service. 

Fourth. General supervision of the operation of the plants 
by the telephone and telegraph companies in so far as they per- 
tain to the public interest, health and protection of the public 
and employees. 

Fifth. Attending all public hearings held in the office of the 
Commission, giving such testimony as is necessary, and as special 
examiner holding such hearings as are delegated to it by the Com- 
mission, and the preparing of reports and orders in cases where 
the Commission delegates the same to this department. 

L uring the period covered by this report this department 
attended all telephone and telegraph hearings held in the office 
of the Corr. mission, and wrote reports and orders in a large num- 
ber of cases. 

There were 433 informal complaints handled by this depart- 
ment. An informal case is one where a public hearing is not 
held but the entire affair is handled by correspondence and no 
order issued. But in most cases it is only necessary to furnish 
information to the telephone users, many of the cases being 
controversies between the subscribers themselves. 



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Investigations were made by inspection of the telephone 
plants at Salisbury, Missouri; Kahoka, Missouri; Memphis, 
Missouri; and Malta Bend, Missouri, on account of complaints 
having been filed by subscribers against the service as furnished. 
Report of the conditions in each case was made to the Commis- 
sion. 

The department handled 173 formal cases. 

As special examiner the chief of this department held a 
hearing and wrote the report and order in Case No. 4198, M. D. 
Porter et al. vs. Vandalia Union Switchboard Company. The 
telephone company carried the case to the circuit court, who in 
turn approved of the order issued by the Commission. 

There are 1,300 telephone companies operating in the State 
of Missouri and furnishing service to more than 700,000 sub- 
scribers. Many of these companies are small ones and furnish 
service in rural communities, and much of the work of this depart- 
ment is occasioned by controversies existing between the sub- 
scribers and the officers of the companies for the reason that most 
of the lines and instruments of these companies are owned and 
maintained by the subscribers themselves. 

TRANSPORTATION DEPARTMENT. 

This department handles informal complaints involving the 
service, facilities, rates, rules and practices of the railroad and 
express carriers in the state. It files all freight, express and 
passenger tariffs containing the rates, fares, rules and practices 
of these common carriers between points in Missouri. It pre- 
pares and presents evidence on behalf of all interests of the State 
in investigations and othe'r proceedings before the Interstate 
Commerce Commission and this Commission, maintains a file 
of current tariffs for quoting freight and passenger rates 
lawfully applicable in Missouri, compiles statistics covering 
railroad operation from annual reports submitted to the Com- 
mission annually by the carriers, reviews all new tariffs filed 
by common carriers containing changes in rates, advising the 
shipping public where practicable of important changes. 

During the biennial period ending November 30, 1926, there 
have been numerous proceedings before the Commission in- 
volving railroad freight and passenger rates in Missouri, a few of 
which were exceptionally important. In case No. 4233 a basis 
for determining maximum rates on asphalt coated crushed stone 



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manufactured in the Webb City, Joplin Ilistrict was established, 
which basis has now been voluntarily adopted by the carriers 
from other manufacturing districts, both as to state and inter- 
state traffic. 

In case No. 4111 the Commission found unreasonable ad- 
vanced class rates published by the railroads serving southern 
Missouri and suggested as reasonable maximum rates a scale 
which was also found reasonable in the same territory by the 
Interstate Commerce Commission, thereby affecting a basis for 
uniform state and interstate rates. The uniform basis has not 
as yet been published by the carriers in southern Missouri. 

In case No. 4127 reasonable maximum joint rates were 
established on egg case material from Caruthersville to points 
in northern Missouri on a basis that resulted in numerous reduc- 
tions. 

In case No. 4637 the Commission prescribed a basis of rates 
for sewer pipe, drain tile, wall coping, etc., in straight or mixed 
carloads, on a basis 90% lower than class "E," which basis the 
carriers have accepted and published, resulting in general reduc- 
tions of rates on these commodities. Numerous other cases 
were decided by the Commission involving rates and service 
between particular points resulting in increased facilities or lower 
rates. The Transportation Department participated on behalf 
of the State of Missouri in numerous cases before the Interstate 
Commerce Commission involving rates between Missouri points 
and points outside of the state. Some of these proceedings have 
been very important, there having been a general investigation 
by the Interstate Commerce Commission involving an applica- 
tion by the railroads for a general advance in their freight rates 
within all of that territory in the United States west of the 
Mississippi River and Chicago. A large number of exhibits and 
considerable testimony was offered by the Commission's Trans- 
portation Department in this proceeding. The Interstate 
Commerce Commission denied the carriers any advances as to 
commodities and has continued its investigation so far as certain 
of the class rates are concerned for further inquiry. The further 
proceeding will be had at Omaha, Nebraska, beginning January 
25, 1927. 

Another important proceeding which has not yet been 
decided involves the rates charged for switching at junction 
points in southern Missouri where shipments originate or ter- 
minate on a railroad other than the one receiving the road haul 



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to or from thai junction point. The charges at present range 
from $2.70 to §3.60 per car as a general rule and the railroads 
published tariffs increasing these charges to $6.30 per car. 
This Commission, upon protest by certain shippers, suspended 
.these rates from becoming effective. The Interstate Commerce 
Commission likewise suspended certain of the increased rates. 
Hearing has been had but final decision has not yet been reached 
by either Commission. The rates applicable on -carload ship- 
ments of cement between points in Missouri are before the Com- 
mission for review in Case No. 4719. Complaints were also 
filed with the Interstate Commerce Commission by cement mills 
located in Kansas and Oklahoma alleging that the Missouri state 
rates were unreasonable and discriminatory. The Interstate 
Commerce Commission and this Commission will conduct a 
joint hearing in December, 192b", and will co-operate in fixing 
reasonable and non-discriminatory rates for the future. 

The switching rates of the Wabash Railway Company in 
St. Louis, Missouri, are before the Commission for review in 
Case No. 4570. The Wabash Railway Company and its agents 
filed tariffs containing advances in certain switching rates at 
St. Louis and upon complaint of shippers who would be materially 
affected by these advances this Commission suspended all such 
rates from becoming effective for a period of 120 days and upon 
sirrilar complaints the Interstate Commerce Commission sus- 
pended the interstate application of these rates. Joint hearing 
was had at St. Louis by the two Commissions in December 1925. 
The advanced rates have not yet become effective and the 
Commissions are negotiating with a view to prescribing reason- 
able maximum rates for the future. The Transportation Depart- 
ment prepared and presented numerous exhibits and much 
testimony on behalf of Missouri interests in a proceeding before 
the Interstate Commerce Commission involving grain rates to 
the north east portion of the United States. The Minneapolis 
and St. Louis Railway Company and the Minneapolis, St. Paul 
and Saulte Ste. Marie Railway Company hied tariffs with the 
Interstate Commerce Commission reducing their rates on grain 
and grain products from Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minnesota, 
to these eastern destinations 6 1-2 cents per 100 pounds without 
providing similar reductions from St. Joseph, Kansas City, St. 
I ouis and other Missouri cities. Because of the damage to 
Missouri cities by reason of the lowering of rates from the Min- 
neapolis market without similar treatment of the Missouri mai- 



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kets the southwestern wheat raisers would be discriminated 
against. While the Missouri Commission did not oppose the 
reduction in rates from Minneapolis it vigorously protested the 
failure to give similar consideration to the Missouri producing 
territories. 

During the year 1926 the Interstate Commerce Commission 
has completed its investigation involving brick rates in the 
southwest and has prescribed for southern Missouri a scale of 
brick rates similar tc that established from Mason City, Iowa 
to points in Iowa and Minnesota. This change resulted in 
numerous advances in brick rates in southern Missouri. The 
Missouri Commission, however, arranged for the publication of 
rates on common brick on a basis 80% of the scale prescribed by 
the Interstate Commerce Commission for application in Missouri 
where the distance hauled is 150 miles or less. There have been 
numerous other cases before the Interstate Commerce Com- 
mission in which this Commission's Transportation Department 
has presented evidence and testimony which involved particular 
rates or service in limited areas or in particular cities. 

REPORTS OF THE COMMISSION. 

The Commission has to date issued fourteen bound volumes 
of its regular reports. Volume XV is now in the hands of the 
printer and will be ready for distribution within a few days. 
The Commission has also compiled and published a digest of the 
first eleven volumes of the reports. This digest (one volume) 
is divided into two parts: (1 ) a digest of cases reported; and (2) 
the Missouri Public Service Commission Law. Both the digest 
of decisions and reports, and the digest of the law are annotated. 

In these reports will be found the important reports and 
orders of the Commission for such period. 

A great number of cases are docketed and handled as "in- 
formal cases," which are not included in the published reports. 
Many other matters are handled through correspondence and in 
conference and by the several departments in the regular course 
of business, and are disposed of without being placed on the 
docket. 

The bound volumes of the Commission and the digest are 
furnished at $2.50 per volume. 



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FEES COLLECTED. 

In accordance with the provisions of Section 21 of the Public 
Service Commission Law, Section 10430 of the Revised Statutes 
of Missouri, 1919, this Commission has collected and paid into 
the State Treasury, since November 30, 1924, up to December 
1, 1926, the following amounts: 



December, 1924 

For the year 1925 

For the first eleven months of 192[> 

Total 



$3,828.91 
67,706.97 
55,579.83 



127,115.71 



This amount was collected for the following accounts: 



Audits and Appraisals 
Fees for Bond Issues. . 
Miscellaneous 

Total 



885 , 018 . 74 

34,126.30 

7,970.67 



$127,115.71 



T. J. BROWN, Chairman, 

ALMON ING, 

D. F. CALFEE, 

S. M. HUTCHISON, 

J. H. PORTER, Commissioners.